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Southern California Chapter

Unifying the efforts of our six houses, a camp, two family rooms and other programs, the Southern California Chapter of Ronald McDonald House Charities is committed to creating a community where children and their families embrace life and healing with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage and joy.

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Our Houses

Ronald McDonald Houses located throughout Southern California help families stay close to their child when they need treatment for a serious medical condition. Our Houses provide a home-like setting, close to the region's top hospitals, where families can stay free-of charge for as long as necessary.

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Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times helps children with cancer and their families find hope, healing and a sense of normalcy at our year-round, medically supervised camp facility.

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Family Rooms

Our Family Rooms provide an oasis for parents and caregivers inside the hospital, giving them a chance to sleep, shower, and connect with other families just steps away from their child’s hospital bed.

Camp Staff

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times staff members are dedicated to providing comfort, care, and support to children and families in Southern California.


Fatima Djelmane Rodriguez

Executive Director

Fatima Djelmane Rodriguez was born in San Francisco and raised in the San Gabriel Valley.  She attended Ramona Convent Secondary School, earned her BA in Communications from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication, and her MA from the University of Texas at Austin’s Radio, Television, and Film program.  Upon graduating from UT Austin, Fatima began her search for work in the nonprofit sector.  Devoted to community service, Fatima wanted to work for a grassroots organization focused on community building and empowerment.  Her search led her to Proyecto Pastoral where she was employed as Development Associate, Development Director, and finally, Associate Director for nearly eight years.  In her tenure at Proyecto, she helped build the organization’s infrastructure and established unprecedented financial stability for the organization.  Fatima then transitioned to work as the Development Director for Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times in January 2013.  She was drawn to their mission of building healthier lives for children with cancer and their families.  She was promoted to Executive Director in October of 2017, excited to continue the fundraising success under her tenure as Development Director and work with the Camp community to deepen its impact across the board.  Fatima enjoys spending time with her two girls, Ale and Emma, her husband Lucio and uses her creative talents to do makeup for friends and family in her spare time.


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Brian Crater BioContact

Brian Crater

Associate Executive Director

Brian joined camp in 1988 as Camp Director. Brian currently over sees facility development & operations and works closely with the Camp program team. In addition to his CRM responsibilities, Brian has been a standing faculty lecturer at California State University, Long Beach, Department of Recreational and Leisure Services in the fields of outdoor recreation and organized camp management. In addition, Brian currently serves on the National Board of the American Camp Association (ACA), a Standards Visitor for ACA, chair of the National Council of Leaders Steering Committee; is the past-president and a current board member of Children’s Oncology Camp Association International (COCA- I) strengthening over 120 international camps serving over 35,000 pediatric oncology campers and their families. Brian’s passion for research has led to co-authoring papers on the Psychological Impacts of a Camp Experience for Children with Cancer and the Camp Awareness Project, a multi-facility study assessing the value of a camp experience with healthcare professionals and unserved patient families.. Brian is married to wife and best friend, Corrie, has three grown daughters and is known for his love of Diet Coke.


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Chad Edwards BioContact

Chad Edwards

Program Director

Chad has been the Program Director for Camp since joining the organization in 2005. Chad’s arrival at Camp Ronald McDonald didn’t follow the “typical” Camp career path.   Chad was born and raised in Carrollton, GA. He attended the University of Georgia where he graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Political Science.Upon graduation, Chad went to work for the Department of Defense at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, VA. His work for the DOD took him to Kirkland Airforce Base in Albuquerque, NM for a year where he initially learned of Camp Ronald McDonald. Chad volunteered for the first time as a counselor at Camp in 2002, fell in love with the community, and continued to volunteer until offered a full-time job with Camp in 2005.

As Program Director, Chad currently oversees all aspects of the Camp Programs including camper recruitment & relations; volunteer recruitment, hiring, & training; and program creation & execution. Chad is involved in the American Camp Association (ACA) serving on the Local Council of Leaders for the Southern California / Hawaii region as the Professional Development Chair, a Standards visitor for ACA, and an instructor for the ACA New Director Orientation class. Chad’s love for being in the mountains and in nature is only exceeded by the love he has for his wife, Mel, whom he first met while both were volunteering at Camp!


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Shannon Edwards BioContact

Shannon Edwards

Program Associate

Shannon started with Camp as a volunteer 10 years ago and worked three summers as a Seasonal Staff member. She joined the full-time staff in 2017 as our Program Associate. In addition to helping implement the current Camp programs, Shannon is growing  our year-round Wilderness Outdoor Leadership Program (WOLP) and our Alumni Development program.  Shannon comes to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times with a background in camping and youth development. She spent 7 years working with the YMCA Camps Tulequoia and Sequoia Lake, including two years as Youth Camp Director at Sequoia Lake.  Through her time with the Y and Camp Ronald McDonald, Shannon has developed an extensive skill set in camping and a passion for youth development, particularly in the area of teen programming. In addition, Shannon is soon to be become a standard and accrediation visitor with the American Camp Association. Shannon enjoys escaping to Three Rivers, CA to spend time with her niece & nephew, playing Disc Golf and coaching gymnastics.


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Jasmin Joya BioContact

Jasmin Joya

Family Relations and Recruitment Coordinator

Jasmin “Jazzy J” Joya joined the Camp team in 2015 as our Family Relations and Recruitment Coordinator. Jasmin supports parents and families to register for the programs Camp provides and is always available to providing them with helpful resources. Jasmin frequently visits hospitals to spread the word of Camp to prospective families. Prior to becoming a full-time staff member, Jasmin was a camper, volunteer counselor and  interned with Camp for 2 years assisting with summer camp registration, communication, and collateral. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, attended the University of California, Riverside where she graduated with a degree in Sociology and Business Administration/Marketing and began the foundation of her passion of philanthropic work. Jasmin is an active nursing volunteer and unit coordinator for the Nursing Volunteering Program at UCLA Health and enjoys discovering new music, traveling, and attending sports games.


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Marlene Stang

Development Director

Marlene Stang was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, where she still lives and enjoys its rich history and cultural diversity.  She graduated from Ramona Convent Secondary School in Alhambra, and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History/Art History from the University of California Los Angeles.  Over the course of her post-graduate professional life, she has cultivated a passion for service and communication, applying her diverse skill sets to the fields of public relations, journalism, fragrance development, marketing, and fundraising. 

She believes that her journey into philanthropy truly began at age 18, when she became the committed donor of a then small but now world-renowned animal rescue organization.  She began honing her skills as a fundraiser, however, at Proyecto Pastoral - a Boyle Heights-based community non-profit where she served as the Development Officer for nearly six years.  While there, she participated in all fundraising activities with a primary role of researching, writing, and overseeing the submission of grants to government, foundation and corporate funders nationwide.  These included the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, and the AT&T Aspire program - a key funder of the Promesa Boyle Heights community-school model that is playing a vital role in improving the area’s graduation rates.  Most recently, she has served as a Grant Writer at ChapCare, a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides high-quality medical care and support services to under- and uninsured men, women, and children at eight health centers across the San Gabriel Valley.

As a cancer survivor herself, Marlene is motivated by Camp’s mission to give children with cancer and their siblings an enriching, inspired place at which they can have fun, explore their environment, and realize their strength and potential amidst whatever challenges they face.  In her spare time, she enjoys developing fragrances, travelling the world, playing with her two cats, and spending quality time (eating, preferably!) with her family and friends. 


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Brenda Escoto

Development Associate and Social Media Manager

Brenda Escoto is a bilingual Child Life Specialist, who has devoted over 8,600 hours to helping children cope with varying medical and developmental conditions. As a native Spanish speaker, Brenda strives to bridge the language barrier for children and their families who are often underrepresented within the healthcare setting. She earned her BA in Psychology and MS in Child Life from Azusa Pacific University, where she initially learned of Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times from a professor. Brenda was extremely intrigued by Camp’s mission and applied without hesitation. 

Brenda began her Camp journey as a Cabin Counselor in 2017. She fell absolutely in love with Camp and quickly became fully immersed in its community, volunteering at every session she possibly could. In 2019, Brenda became the Captain of the Counselor Team for Camp’s largest fundraiser, the Walk for Kids. Through social media engagement and virtual fundraising, Brenda led the team in raising record-breaking funds for Camp. In 2021, Brenda transitioned from volunteer to full-time staff, as our Development Associate and Social Media Manager. In the past 5 years, Camp has completely changed and enhanced Brenda's life, both personally and professionally. She is overjoyed and extremely grateful for the opportunity to get more involved with Camp and further serve the community she loves so dearly.


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Lauren Dascher

Event Manager

Lauren Dascher is a native New Yorker with 8+ years of experience in the entertainment industry, most notably producing “Life Below Zero,” an Emmy Award Winning television series on National Geographic. She’s a strong communicator with the natural ability to collaborate within a team and creatively solve problems, all while wearing a smile. 

Lauren is a dedicated volunteer with Animal-Assisted Therapy programs in Los Angeles. As a certified pet therapy team, Lauren and her dog Cody, a 6-year old Rhodesian Ridgeback, have been committed to positively influencing the health and well-being of youth and seniors within the community of Los Angeles. They have participated in a youth based reading program with LAPL and most recently joined the renowned Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

Lauren enjoys practicing yoga, organizing gatherings with friends, visiting her family in New York, and spending time with her dog Cody and her fiancé Chris. She is excited to combine her coordination expertise and passion for the heart-centered mission of Camp Ronald McDonald as Event Manager.


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Waldemar “Wally” Quijano BioContact

Wally Quijano

Administrative Coordinator

Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Waldemar “Wally” Quijano is a proud product of LAUSD public schooling. Being the first generation born and first in his family to attend and graduate University, he has had to work hard to succeed. He graduated from California State University Northridge with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education.  In fact, music is one of Wally’s deep passions.  One of the proudest moments in his musical career was leading the LAUSD All City Honor Marching Band in the 2009 Rose Parade.


While in school he worked for Keep Youth Doing Something (“KYDS”), a local non-profit that provides afterschool programming to at-risk youth in LAUSD. As a KYDS Site Manager for his Alma Mater, Arleta High School, he focused on providing quality programming to his students. From teaching music to establishing courses that were diverse. His central focus was to also create a safe place where students from all backgrounds could come in and further their education and self-expression.


In tandem with working at KYDS, he became a Volunteer Counselor with Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times (“Camp”) in 2013. Soon after, Wally decided to take on a more supportive role and became a Unit Director to help guide and aide counselors at Camp. Wanting to learn and help more, he continued to expand his learning by also training in Camp’s adventure course.  Wally is overjoyed to now work full time as Camp Ronald McDonald’s Administrative Coordinator and aims to take his years of experience both in and outside of the Camp community to support and grow Camp’s ever-evolving priorities to meet our mission.


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Brad Baillie BioContact

Brad Baillie

Operation Manager - Facilities

Brad Baillie has been working in camping for over seventeen years. Currently, Brad is Operations Manager of our Site and Facilities.  Brad strongly believes in power of camp programs to have a positive impact on campers, and in the role of Operation Staff, like himself, as an important part of making this possible. Brad enjoys creating opportunities to support and connect with campers by leading site improvement projects at camp sessions and involving camp families and community individuals/organizations in annual Community Work Weekends. Previously to his work in camping, Brad has built parks, horseback riding and hiking trails across California and suburban Minneapolis. Brad also ran his own landscape company while attending college. Brad has served as committee chairperson for the American Camp Association’s Site Manger’s Seminar held each year in Southern California. Brad holds an Associate of Arts degree from College of the Desert in Landscape Architecture. In his free time he enjoys riding is horse Curly. In Spring 2015, Brad and Curly rode from Mexico to Bishop, CA.


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Mark Pincumbe

Operation Associate - Facilities

Mark joined our team in 2015 and is currently our Operation Assistant for Facilities. He  works to ensure our campsite grounds and facilities  provide a safe, comfortable and caring experience for our campers and guests. Raised in Michigan, Mark is Michigan State Spartan’s football fan and loves spending time with his daughter.


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